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Linseed oil Marmoleum floor

Forbo-Flooring B.V / Marmoleum Cookie

This biobased floor covering has been around for over 150 years! The completely CO2 neutral material is composed of linseed oil, tall oil, wood flour, lime, jute, resin and recycled marmoleum waste. Moreover, the linseed, gum resin, jute and wood flour have a harvest cycle of less than 10 years, and are therefore quickly renewable.

The Marmoleum floor covering is made of:

  • Linseed oil
  • Tall oil
  • Wood flour
  • Lime (Calcium carbonate)
  • Jute 
  • Resin 
  • Marmoleum waste

Production Process

  • Marmoleum is produced in separate phases, starting with the oxidation of linseed oil mixed with tall oil. 
  • Through the oxidation process, a tough, sticky material is obtained: linoleum concrete. This substance is stored in containers for a couple of days to allow further reaction.
  • The linoleum cement is mixed with wood flour, calcium carbonate and -if applicable-  reused marmoleum waste.
  • This mixture is rolled onto a jute substate and stored in drying rooms to harden. The required hardness is accomplished in approximately 14 days.
  • Then, the material is taken to the grooming room and provided with a protective coating and subjected to a final inspection. The edges are trimmed and the material is cut into rolls with a length of circa 32 meters.

Applied Marmoleum

This floor covering is seen in all types of buildings: offices, schools, hospitals, and homes

This biobased floor covering has been around for over 150 years!


Environmental impact

  • De linseed oil, resin, wood flour and jute that are used in Marmoleum have a harvesting cycle of less than 10 years and are therefore quickly renewable.  
  • Locally produced resources
  • CO2 neutral
  • Cradle to Gate
  • Compostable

Health 

  • Prevents bacterial growth
  • Non allergenic

Also nice!

  • Beneficial for acoustics

Growth opportunities 

This product is already produced on a large scale. However, there is a need for more customer awareness: buyers are often still choosing for the less sustainable vinyl flooring

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